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Birth: May 1, 1885
Pendleton County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1918
Pendleton County
West Virginia, USA


The entire community was shocked Saturday morning when the word was given out that Herbert Anderson had passed from this life to Eternity. He was a victim of influenza, with pneumonia and complications. Mr. Anderson had been extremely busy for several days in connection with his large stock interests, having made a hard trip to the Sinks to weigh up his cattle at which time he got wet and was very much exposed, and immediately on his return went to Harrisonburg. During the time he contracted this dreadful malady, and immediately went to his room and isolated himself from the rest of his family, summoned a physician and a trained nurse and began his battle for life. Unfortunately he had waited too long, the deceptive disease had made its inroads and all that could be done proved futile.

He was one of our most influential citizens; one of the most outstanding young business men in this entire section. He had large property interests. His father, the late Frank Anderson, who preceded him to the grave only a few years, left him one of the largest estates that has been left to any young man in this county, and not withstanding the fact that he spent all his boyhood days in school, unaccustomed to toil or business, he developed into one of the best businessmen in the county, and probably handled his vast business interests with more skill and ease than the average man could do a much smaller estate.

He took his A. B. Degree from Washington & Lee University and shortly thereafter began working in the Farmers Bank, of which his father was the first cashier. He later became assistant cashier in the Bank and was one of the important spirits in this institution.

He had a great talent for music and his principal diversion was his piano, where he was thoroughly at home. The splendid music which he rendered both in church and at home will be missed by many. He had many friends throughout this and adjoining counties. He was of a sunny, happy disposition and always enlivened any crowd of which he was a part and was one of those who found pleasure in everything. Notwithstanding the fact that a private funeral was held on account of the health conditions, there was a large outpouring of the people and many a sad face and heavy heart surrounded his open grave as he was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon in the beautiful Cedar Hill Cemetery.

He was 33 years of age and thus just in the prime of life. He leaves a mother, one brother and many other near relatives to mourn his loss.

As a general thing, no matter how important a man has been, when he dies someone comes on to take his place, but in the death of Herbert Anderson, there is removed from the community one of its most active citizens and there is removed absolutely from the business center one of the principal enterprises.

The active and honorary pallbearers were made up of close friends and officials of both banks. He had been a member of the Presbyterian Church for more than ten years. The funeral services were conducted by Rev.
N. A. Parker, pastor of the Monterey Presbyterian Church. Mr. Anderson took great interest in his church and was one of its most liberal supporters.

The floral contributions, though home grown, was beautiful, his grave being one mass of white chrysanthemums.

He was a member of Franklin Lodge A.F. & A. M. And also of the Pendleton Lodge I.O.O.F.

Death is always sad but somehow it strikes us that it is peculiarly sad in this case, and it will be hard to become accustomed to see him no more, hard to believe that he is gone, still harder to believe he is dead. But such is life and such is its end. We cast our sprig of green into the grave and pass on.

[Pendleton Times}



Herbert Anderson, youngest son of Mrs. Lucy Anderson and the late Frank Anderson, died of pneumonia, following influenza, at his home in Franklin, W. Va., October 19, 1918, after an illness of one week, aged thirty-three years. His body was laid to rest in Cedar Hill Cemetery on the Sabbath afternoon in a grave covered entirely with beautiful floral tributes. Impressive services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Parker, of Monterey, VA. He is survived by his mother and brother, Frank Anderson.

Herbert Anderson was a child of the covenant. His father and mother were members of the Presbyterian church, and his father and brother his grandfathers were elders in the church. He was given to God in infancy. Ten years ago when he, himself was in the happy morning of life, with all its bright hopes, he gave his heart to his Savior and publicly professed his faith to Him by uniting with the Presbyterian Church, and since that time has been one of its most active, consistent and helpful members, both in church work and in the Sunday School.

After graduating at Washington and Lee University he returned to his home in Franklin, and although he had spent most of his youth in school, with little experience in business, he went immediately to work in the bank with his father, who was the cashier there, and in a short time became one of its most valued and trusted employees. Upon the death of his father he took his place in the bank, as well as the charge of Mr. Anderson's own large business interests, and since that time, as has often been said, he has done the work of two or three men. He had a happy, sunny disposition, and made all with whom he came in contact feel that the world was a brighter place. He will be missed, not only in his home town, but in other parts of the state, and in other states where his business interests called him and where all who knew him were his friends.

He was a members of the Masonic fraternity and also of the Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodman.

About two years ago God put into his heart the earnest desire to have a better and larger house of worship for his home church in Franklin. He spoke of it to the pastor and some of the members of the church, and offered to give a large beautiful lot he owned for this purpose. All entered into it most heartily, a splendid architect was engaged and a very beautiful plan drawn, and his heart and all his thoughts were absorbed in this, his ideal church for Franklin. The work was temporarily suspended because of the war, but it is earnestly hoped that in a short time it may be renewed.

He was wonderfully gifted in music, and though he played well on several instruments, he loved the organ and sacred music most. Ever since his boyhood he had been the organist in the church, and it was his very greatest pleasure. Many feel they cannot hope ever again to hear the glorious hymns and anthems of the church played with the exquisite feeling and expression he gave to them. And who will take care of the holiday music of the Sunday school in which he so delighted and to which he gave so much time?

Yes, Herbert Anderson will be sorely missed! We cannot now understand the mystery of our Heavenly Father's providences. But "the Lord's portion is His people," and He longs for us and waits for our coming. May we not thank God for the holy privilege of death that we may be "forever with the Lord?" M.K.

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  Frank Anderson (1851 - 1911)
  Lucy P. McCoy Anderson (1858 - 1924)
  Frank Anderson (1883 - 1935)*
  Herbert Anderson (1885 - 1918)
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Cedar Hill Cemetery
Pendleton County
West Virginia, USA
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